Life insurance and Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on our daily lives.

From wearing masks to working from home, everyone is slowly adjusting to the ‘new normal’.

Many have also had to make adjustments to their financial planning and have been looking to secure the right financial protection for their loved ones during these uncertain times.

But what impact has Coronavirus had on the life insurance industry?

Thankfully, it’s still completely possible to:

  • Take out a new policy
  • Make a claim for Coronavirus
  • Receive a pay out for death due to Coronavirus
  • Secure an affordable premium price

In this article, we’ll put to rest many common myths surrounding Coronavirus and life insurance, as well as help you understand your life insurance options.

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The information in this article is correct as of 13/06/2023

Keep reading for our full Coronavirus life insurance guide…

Can I still buy life insurance during the Coronavirus pandemic?

While we are still living with COVID, as of 11/05/23 the WHO (World Health Organisation) have declared that Coronavirus is no longer a ‘global health emergency’.

It’s still possible to secure family life insurance as usual.

However, as you’ll be required to provide medical information during the application process, if you currently or have recently had COVID you may have your application postponed until a full recovery has been made.

The exception to this is an over 50s plan. Due to the nature of the policy, you won’t need to provide any medical information.

Can I buy life insurance if I have Coronavirus?

Yes, you can still purchase a life insurance policy if you have Coronavirus.

It’s a common misconception that you’ll automatically be declined life insurance due to testing positive for Coronavirus.

Instead, insurers are more likely to postpone your application until you’ve made a full recovery.

How long the postponed period will be will depend on the insurer, some may ask you to wait a few weeks, whereas with others it could last a few months.

But rest assured, you’ll still be able to secure cover to protect your loved ones.

Does life insurance cover Coronavirus?

Yes, Coronavirus can be covered by a life insurance policy.

If you have an existing life insurance policy, you’ll be covered for death due to Coronavirus as per the terms and conditions of your policy.

New policies taken out will also cover death due to Coronavirus but claims may be liable to the contestability clause.

This is a clause written into the policy that allows insurers to request more information about the death.

If you pass away and your loved ones make a claim, insurers may look into the death to see if Coronavirus was present at the point of application.

If it’s found that the policyholder knowingly had Coronavirus at the point of application but didn't disclose this information, a pay out will be denied. This is known as 'non-disclosure'.

When it comes to life insurance, honesty is always the best policy.

It’s unlikely you’ll be declined for having Coronavirus and it’s completely possible to secure affordable cover after your postponed period has passed.

If you have any concerns, a member of our friendly team can talk you through all of your policy options.

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£137,934 is the estimated mortgage debt per household in the UK.

The purchase of a home is likely to be the largest financial commitment any of us will make in our lifetime. Your life insurance should cover your remaining mortgage balance to allow your loved ones to stay in the family home should anything happen to you.



The average monthly household budget in the UK is £2,548 (that’s £30,576 per year), which is spent on transport, food & drink, utilities (gas, electricity, water etc), clothing, council tax and leisure activities.

With energy prices hitting a record high and the cost of living rising sharply in the UK, you may wish to factor in utility bills and family living expenses into your cover.



The average personal debt of UK adults has risen to £34,566 (not including mortgage debt), with credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts being the most common forms of debt.

Factoring in any debts into your life insurance cover means that, if they need to be paid back from your estate after your passing, your loved ones won’t miss out financially.



According to SunLife, the average cost of a funeral in the UK is £3,953 (with the overall cost of dying at £9,200).

Funeral costs have increased by 116% since 2004 and are a significant cost which should be factored into the amount of life insurance you secure.



When factoring in cover for your children, you may wish to calculate the amount based on how long it is until they reach financial independence.

This could include childcare (£7,000 per year for part-time care), school expenses (£1,519 per school year for uniforms, lunches, stationary etc), as well as an additional sum for further education (this could be a contribution of up to £5,000 per year).

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2 in 5 adults say they are relying on an inheritance to fund their retirement.

Factoring in an inheritance to your sum assured could allow loved ones to live a more financially comfortable life. Alternatively, you could leave a cash gift to a charity of your choosing.



If you’re lucky enough to have your own savings or are part of the 30% of UK residents who already have a life insurance policy in place, this can provide financial protection for loved ones.

By entering your current cover, savings or death in service amount you can reduce the sum assured you require.


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Will there be an exclusion for Coronavirus in my policy?

No, insurers aren’t currently adding Coronavirus as an exclusion in new policies.

While it’s rare, some older policies may include a ‘pandemic’ exclusion.

You may wish to check the terms and conditions of your policy or speak to your provider.

What is an exclusion?

An exclusion is a circumstance or situation that’s written into the terms and conditions of your policy, which means in the event of this situation or circumstance happening, a pay out won't be made to your loved ones.

Can I claim for Coronavirus?

Yes, it’s possible for a claim to be made on your life insurance policy if you pass away due to Coronavirus.

Will life insurance pay out for Coronavirus?

Yes, if you pass away due to Coronavirus it’s possible for your loved ones to receive a pay out.

Only in certain rare circumstances will a pay out be denied;

  1. A pandemic clause is written into your policy – some older policies may have a pandemic clause written into the policy, which would mean a pay out can’t be made for Coronavirus. This is a rare exclusion but you may wish to check the terms and conditions of your policy.
  2. Non-disclosure - if you pass away due to Coronavirus and it’s found you had the virus at the point of application but it wasn’t disclosed, insurers can deny a pay out. For this reason, you may want to take a Coronavirus test before you apply. This way there can be no confusion as to whether the virus was present or not during your application.

As long as all the correct information was given at the point of application, it’s completely possible for your loved ones to receive a pay out if you pass away due to Coronavirus.

The pay out received by your loved ones can help to reduce financial stress and help them to meet their new obligations.

A life insurance pay out can take care of:

Life insurance with Coronavirus cover

There’s no life insurance product called ‘Coronavirus cover’.

However, a standard life insurance policy can cover death due to Coronavirus (as well as many other causes of death).

Typically, there are four main life insurance options you can choose from.

These include:

  1. Level term life insurance
  2. Decreasing term life insurance
  3. Whole of life insurance
  4. Over 50s plan

Level term life insurance

Level term life insurance provides a fixed sum assured (pay out amount). You’ll be covered for a specified period of time (this can be up to 40 years) and if you pass away during this time a pay out will be made to your loved ones.

Due to the large pay out potential, level term life insurance can help to cover large debts (such as an interest-only mortgage), family living costs, as well as funeral expenses.

Decreasing term life insurance

With decreasing term life insurance your sum assured will reduce over time.

You’ll be covered for an agreed period of time and a pay out will be made if you pass away during this time.

Decreasing term life insurance is ideal for helping to protect a repayment mortgage as you can have your policy term match up with your mortgage term.

This way your sum assured will reduce inline with your remaining mortgage balance.

Whole of life insurance

Whole of life insurance provides lifetime cover and, therefore, guarantees your loved ones a pay out when you pass away.

Your sum assured will remain fixed throughout the lifetime of your policy.

Whole of life insurance is a great for helping to guaranteeing your loved ones an inheritance.

However, because you need to pay premiums for life and no one knows how long this will be, it's possible to pay more into a whole of life policy than it will pay out.

Over 50s plan

An over 50s plan guarantees acceptance to UK residents aged 50 - 85, with no medical information required.

An over 50s plan is a great option for those in this age bracket who have struggled to secure cover in the past (due to Coronavirus or any other pre-existing conditions).

However, due to the unknown risk you pose, it’s likely your sum assured will be capped (typically at around £20,000).

It’s also likely there will be a waiting period added to your policy. This is usually the first 12 - 24 months of your policy where if you pass away due to natural causes, no pay out will be made (however, you’ll be covered for accidental death).

Insurers aren’t currently adding Coronavirus as an exclusion on any new policies, so if you take out any of the above policies, you’ll be covered for death due to Coronavirus (as long as all the information given at the point of application is correct).

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Coronavirus life insurance premiums

It’s unlikely that you’ll be charged more for your monthly premium due to Coronavirus.

Those with existing policies won’t see an increase to their premium, as their premium amount was agreed at the point of application.

It’s unlikely that those taking out new policies will experience inflated premiums due to Coronavirus.

Premiums are still being calculated in the standard way, using information regarding:

  • Your age
  • Your general health and wellbeing
  • Your weight
  • Smoking status
  • Any pre-existing medical conditions

These factors, along with your level and length of cover, will be assessed and your premium will be calculated accordingly.

Life insurance taken out through Reassured starts from as little as 20p-a-day.

Life insurance for key workers

If you’re a key worker, it’s likely you’ll receive some form of cover in the form of an employee benefit (such as death in service).

This will pay out a percentage of your salary should you pass away during your employment with an employer who offers this benefit.

For example, NHS employees who contribute to the NHS pension scheme will have access to death benefits.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme was introduced for NHS keyworkers.

This offered £60,000 to the families of frontline workers in this scheme who pass away due to Coronavirus.

Although this scheme has now come to an end (as of 31/03/23), claimants have until 30/09/23 to submit claims for deaths that occurred while the scheme was active.

A personal life insurance policy can help to add an extra layer of protection to ensure all costs are covered for your loved ones.

While death in service and the Coronavirus Life Assurance Scheme offer generous pay outs, it’s unlikely they would cover large expenses such as paying off the mortgage in full.

A personal life insurance policy could help take care of these large costs and ensure your loved ones can pay the rent or mortgage and remain in the family home.

Read our full life insurance for NHS nurses to find out about all of your options.

Coronavirus antibody testing life insurance

It’s not compulsory for you to take a Coronavirus test before you apply for life insurance but you may wish to in order to give the most honest answers during the application process as you’ll be required to provide medical information.

Coronavirus critical illness insurance

Critical illness cover is an additional layer of protection that can be added to a life insurance policy for an additional cost.

It will allow you to make an early claim on your policy if you’re diagnosed with a life-changing illness.

Unfortunately, Coronavirus won’t be on the list of illnesses covered by a critical illness policy.

However, if you’ve had Coronavirus which has lead to other complications (such as lung failure, respiratory problems or heart problems), some insurers will allow you to make a claim for this illness (if the illness is listed within your policy).

Each insurer will have a different list of illnesses that they cover within critical illness cover, so you may need to check your policy terms and conditions.

Terminal illness cover

All term policies taken out through Reassured come with terminal illness cover.

This means you’ll be able to make an early claim on your life insurance policy if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness and are predicted to pass away within 12 months.

Your pay out can be used to help fund private medical treatments or you can use the money to enjoy your remaining time with your loved ones.

Coronavirus isn’t classed as a terminal illness and, therefore, you won’t be able to make a claim on your terminal illness cover for Coronavirus.

However, you’ll be protected should you fall ill with a life-threatening illness in the future.

Insurance for Coronavirus

As well as life insurance, you may want to take out additional layers of protection. You may want to consider:

  • Income protection
  • Travel insurance

Income protection is a form of financial protection that will make regular income payments if you’re unable to work due to sickness or injury.

These payments will often be a percentage of your salary and they can help to ease financial stress if you’re unable to work for a prolonged period of time.

This can be especially beneficial for those who are self-employed and who won’t experience sick pay from an employer.

If you need to make essential travel trips abroad (for business or personal reasons) travel insurance is essential in protecting you should you fall ill with the Coronavirus (or any other illness) while you’re away.

Travel insurance will help to cover medical expenses such as hospital visits and treatments so you won’t be left out of pocket having to pay for expensive medical care in a foreign country. This isn’t something that’s currently available through Reassured.

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The coronavirus pandemic in the UK has drawn attention to the importance of having the right financial protection in place to protect your loved ones should the worst happen.

After these uncertain times, many want the peace of mind that their loved ones will be taken care of financially if they were to pass away.

Life insurance is just one of the ways of securing the financial future of your loved ones.

Our award-winning life insurance broker service has been helping families find suitable cover for over a decade.

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